A number of Computer Science students at Felsted have taken up the challenge to write code that will run on the International Space Station (ISS)!
The brief was to: “Brighten up the daily routine of the astronauts on the International Space Station by showing them a message and the ambient air temperature on board using the Astro Pi computer’s Sense HAT.”
An Astro Pi is a Raspberry Pi computer encased by a housing specially designed for conditions in space. It also has an add-on board called the Sense HAT, made specifically for the Astro Pi mission. The Sense HAT has a joystick, an LED display, and sensors for recording temperature, humidity, pressure, and orientation.
The programs will be run in space on the ISS. Students will receive a special certificate showing where exactly the ISS was when their program ran!